There were a number of fantasy baseball daily pitching stars – once Cy Young winners and All-Stars – who didn’t pitch their best in 2012. Let’s take a look at how they are doing so far in 2013, and what it means for fantasy baseball in daily, weekly, and season-long leagues.

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

From 2008 to 2011, Lincecum won two Cy Young awards and finished in the top ten in voting the other two seasons.  He led the National League in strikeouts and K/9 each season from 2008-2010. He was only 27.

But 2012 turned out to be a nightmare for Lincecum. His ERA soared to 5.18 and his WHIP to 1.47. Lincecum went 10-15, leading the league in losses, earned runs allowed and wild pitches.  Only his strikeout rate stayed solid at 9.2 K/9. While Lincecum appeared healthy, his velocity was down.

The Giants removed Lincecum from the rotation for the postseason and he pitched well in long relief. But when he got a chance to start a game against the Cardinals in the NLCS, his struggles returned.

Lincecum’s first start in 2013, at Los Angeles, was a mixed bag. He allowed no earned runs to the Dodgers in five IP, striking out four and getting the win. But he walked seven. Lincecum then pitched at home against Colorado and allowed six ER in six IP, with seven strikeouts and four walks. After two games, Lincecum had 11 strikeouts in 11 IP, but also 11 walks, along with a 4.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP.

Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

After six straight top-five Cy Young award voting finishes, including winning in 2010 and finishing second in 2011, Halladay stumbled to a 4.49 ERA in 2012 and missed time with back and shoulder issues. In spring training of 2013, there was continued concern over Halladay and his diminished velocity.

After two 2013 starts, at Atlanta and at home against the Mets, concern has risen to alarm. Halladay did not made it past the fourth inning in either start, allowing 12 ER in 7 1/3 IP for an ERA of 14.73. He had 12 strikeouts, but six walks.  fantasy baseball daily

Dan Haren, Washington Nationals

Haren missed time in July with a bad back and finished 2012 with a 4.33 ERA, the first season he had an ERA over 4 since 2006. After the season, the Angels declined his option and Haren could only get a one-year deal, signing with Washington.

Haren got off to a terrible start in 2013, allowing four homers and six earned runs in four IP in a loss at Cincinnati.  Haren did better in his next start, getting a win at home against the White Sox, though he allowed three earned runs and ten hits in five IP. In each game, Haren struck out five and walked none.

Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

After four straight seasons of at least 15 wins, an ERA under 3.50 and a WHIP of 1.27 or lower, Lester went 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 7.3 K/9. He did not appear to have any physical issues and there was hope that the return of his former pitching coach John Farrell to manage the Red Sox in 2013 could help Lester figure it out.

Lester got off to a strong start in 2013, earning road wins against the Yankees and Blue Jays in his first two starts. In 12 IP, Lester had a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 13 strikeouts.

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